Recently, a friend emailed me in need of window treatment ideas for arched windows. She said this –

“I have seen your work and love how you transform spaces just by adding just the right accents.  I need help in adding some finishing touches to our living room.  What can I do with the left side of my bookcase? How can I accessorize my coffee table? And the window? Should I add drapes?  All suggestions are welcome!”

We recently helped her learn to style a round coffee table, but today we tackle the question about her window.

Window Treatments for Arched Windows

Here’s the photo she sent. As you can see, there is both a bulkhead to the left and a vertical projection which present an obstacle and make fully functional drapes problematic.

The Purpose of the Window Coverings

The first question we always ask when it comes to window treatments is what purpose do they need to serve? Is there a need for privacy? Light control? Her response was “I just want it to look nice”.

Drapery and window treatments can certainly do that. They really finish off a room and make it feel “fully dressed”. In her case, the bulkhead and vertical projection to the left of the window is the big obstacle. So here are a couple of suggestions we have for her.

Firstly, a simple set of side panels in a sheer gauzy white linen-look fabric would play nicely off the contemporary style of her room. The key for her is to use a simple drapery rod with plain end caps. There is no room for decorative finials but the result will look classic and pretty just the same.

Secondly, a layered solution. We added matchstick blinds for more textural interest and to give the window a bit more visual weight and importance.

A third option would be to use simple roman shades in a lovely natural linen colour or white would also look crisp.

Here are a few lovely arched windows with similar treatments:

Here are a few ready-made options to consider for your windows. Click on the image to click through and order.

With that, I hope you have some ideas for your arched windows. If you are still stumped, you can always book a consultation. We love to tackle questions like these in a one-time consultation.

*** My standard disclaimer: Please note, some of these items may be offered through affiliate links which means I could get a small commission if you order. That will never influence what I find lovely and want to share with you. I always offer suggestions I would buy for my home or recommend to a client. Also, rest assured it won’t affect the price you would otherwise pay.